Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The new GOP straw poll is up 

Not being on all the right lists -- I can think of various reasons why -- I do not get a lot of the activist right-wing emails that deluge more partisan bloggers. That said, somebody sent me the link to the code for the current GOP straw poll, so why not play along?

You are given the choice between "acceptable" and "unacceptable" GOP candidates. I'm not entirely sure what "unacceptable" means -- surely not that the respondant would vote for Hill or move to Canada Australia if one of the unacceptables actually won the nomination -- but I found myself thinking that most of them were unacceptable. Sadly.


By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Wed Aug 29, 08:14:00 AM:

At this particular moment, it looks like Giuliani is batting 1.000 for "Acceptability" among TH readers, but is behind Gingrich, Huckabee, Hunter, Romney, and Thompson in the poll at large.

And apparently, McCain is the devil, with 74% negative votes.  

By Anonymous QuakerCat, at Wed Aug 29, 12:05:00 PM:

I cannot believe Fred Thompson is getting such high marks? I considered myself a 7 on the conservative scale, so I dont think I am a waffler by any means, but Thompson..? What has he done again...? I like the guy and he seems like a nice man, but he does not want to work hard - this job is a 27 hour a day job!  

By Anonymous Dr. Mercury, at Wed Aug 29, 01:28:00 PM:


At the beginning of this week, there was a rumor floating around that Fred might not declare his candidacy until October, and my, how the rats deserted the ship!

After reading the comments on Hot Air, then Dean Barnett's article and all of the associated comments, my thought at the end of the day was, "I've never seen so many mamby-pamby fence-sitters in my whole goddamn life!"

Most of the negative comments had this whiny "I'm tired of waiting!" theme to them, yet note: The guy said he'd probably declare in September -- and it isn't even September yet!

I'm sure Fred and his staff will be just crushed at their impatient departure.

So, fresh on the heels of all these losers abandoning the campaign before it's even begun, we have a poll where Fred has twice the votes of the candidate in second place, ol' whats-his-name.

I repeat:

Eat crow, Barnett & Co.

As far as 'quakercat' asking "What has he done again?", I find that to be the general meme of this election. As soon as someone objects to a candidate, the first question out of their mouth is, "What's he (or she) done again?"

The CDS-ridden 'Maggie's Farm' blogsite asked that about Mrs. Clinton a few weeks ago. Suddenly, The Barrister posts a pic of Hillary and asks, "Now, what's this person ever done again??"

Always being willing to answer the easy ones, I replied that she had become one of only two senators from the third-largest state in the most powerful nation in the world. Now, we may have different definitions of "doing something", but I would think the above would fall under the definition for most people.

I then asked Barrister what he'd done lately.

As far as what ol' Fred's accomplished, well, he was a United States Senator, so I think that counts for something. Admitting he achieved the position of Senator and then claiming "he does not want to work hard" is oxymoronic. You don't achieve that kind of position by being a slacker.

Thanks for posting the poll, TH. I'll watch with delight as Barnett & Co. either ignore it, or try to weasel their way out of their "Fred is dead" meme some other way.

And they said this long election year was going to be boring. :)  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Aug 29, 03:36:00 PM:

I think the "Paul-bots" became "Fred-heads."  

By Blogger Garble, at Wed Aug 29, 10:09:00 PM:

Why was Ron Paul left off the poll!  

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